October 18, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Industry News

Preparing Facilities For Multigenerational Travelers

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It’s been official for a while now: multigenerational traveling is a trend. Multigenerational trips – defined as those involving at least three generations – create both challenges and opportunities for facility managers at hotels and lodges. Given that 47 percent of people over the age of 45 plan to take a multigenerational trip next year, based on an AARP survey, facility managers and building owners might find these tips helpful:

  • Public spaces like restaurants must be able to accommodate diverse groups; facilities may need to purchase larger tables and different kinds of chairs.
  • Guests of all ages are interested in well-maintained grounds. For older guests, grounds are a space of relaxation and contemplation. For children, active recreation.
  • It’s great to be with family, but it’s also exhausting. Guests will need private spaces to help them relax; these spaces should cater to each generation’s need for physical comfort and relaxation.
  • Family-friendly guest rooms can require more maintenance. Multigenerational guests may want to cook full meals and bring their pets.
  • With older guests, accessibility and safety can be a concern. Slip and trip hazards must be addressed.
  • Younger guests may embrace energy-efficient practices, but guests of other generations may leave lights on and HVAC systems running while out, and expect fresh bedding and towels each day.
  • As always, guest comfort is paramount. With different sleep and activity schedules, each generation creates its own peak load time, making versatile and quiet mechanical systems a necessity.

To read more about how to prepare for multigenerational traveling, check out our Facility Management newsletter here.

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October 11, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: AshKay Island

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Andy Bobo, co-owner, CMR Mechanical, Dexter, Michigan, always provides his customers with effective solutions to efficiently cool and heat their homes. However, when it came to installing a cooling and heating system in his 100 percent off-grid vacation cottage, Bobo faced a challenge. The 1,700-square-foot home located on AshKay Island is an eight-acre property off Iron Mill Pond in Manchester, Michigan.

He needed to find an energy-efficient system that could cool the entire house during the summer but also serve as a backup heat source during the winter season. Knowing how efficient and flexible it could be, Bobo selected our Zoned Comfort Solutions to do the job.

Not only did the system need to provide comfort for guests, it also needed to be as energy-efficient as possible since the house is completely off-grid. Bobo said, “We have 30 Mitsubishi Electric solar panels on the roof. It’s the heart of the system for electricity; therefore, I needed to find a super-efficient [cooling and heating] system that could run off of the energy produced by the solar panels. Ultimately, I needed the right-size system that could cool and heat the house without using too much battery power.”

With the cottage also built on a deck platform, storage for any cooling and heating system would pose an additional challenge. When Bobo saw the amount of ductwork that would be necessary to accommodate a traditional system, zoned technology offered a clear advantage, and for Bobo selecting zoned technology was synonymous with selecting our system.

He said, “As a business owner, I’ve been a Diamond Contractor for five years and I wanted to show my customers that I use the products that I sell.” He also said having Mitsubishi Electric solar panels helped solidify his decision: “The fact that I was able to pair Mitsubishi Electric solar panels with Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps topped it off. When it’s really hot out, the solar panels can collect a ton of solar energy, push it into the batteries and then transfer energy to the heat pump to cool the entire house.”

By selecting our Zoned Comfort Solutions, Bobo would get the best of both worlds – he would be able to install a system that best suits the aesthetics of the home, achieve energy efficiency and offer his guests a comfortable stay.

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October 4, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Industry News

Educational Facilities That Go Beyond Academics

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There has been a push within our school systems to conduct learning beyond the classroom. This new approach is called “instruments of learning,” and refers to elements throughout the building being used as learning tools. Some of these building elements include landscape design, mechanical systems, water conservation and interior design. As facility managers seek to incorporate cutting edge solutions in their buildings, schools are using them to better educate students about school operations and sustainability practices.

  • Landscape Design: This includes evaluating the impacts of the school on the environment while also protecting landscaping and natural features. This can educate students about how to incorporate environmentally friendly design solutions, such a erosion control, storm water retention or using greenery needing little irrigation.
  • Energy-Efficient Mechanical Systems: This involves incorporating sustainable technology into the curriculum so students can understand the design and environmental impacts of the systems that keep them comfortable throughout the day. Efficient HVAC and controls systems, such as Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, can teach students how to reduce peak electrical demand and offer cost-saving benefits.
  • Water Conservation: This involves the school collecting rainwater for toilet flushing and site irrigation. In addition, waterless or low-flow toilets minimize wastewater and insulated piping can reduce hot water waste. As an educational tool, facility managers can install rainwater gauges, allowing students to monitor annual rainfall.
  • Interior Design: This comprises selecting interior elements that reflect the school’s appreciation for the environment. Facility managers can consider incorporating recyclable colored tiles or carpeting to represent the school’s efforts to protect the natural environment. This teaches students that materials, in addition to paper, can be recycled.

At Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric), we support facility managers’ efforts to make their buildings more educational and sustainable. In this issue and on our website, you’ll learn about our smart, flexible technologies that support the instruments of learning trend.

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September 27, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Now Available ‒ Building Integrations White Paper

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As buildings become more sophisticated, facility managers and owners can manage the resulting complexity, while increasing efficiency and lowering costs, by establishing a single point of control that supports building operations.

Our latest white paper discusses the many options for commercial building integrations and how to make appropriate selections. This paper explains why building integration is desired by today’s building owners and facility managers, and also dives into the various integration styles, beginning with the most rudimentary, and working up to the incredibly advanced.

Click here to read the entire Building Integrations white paper.

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September 25, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Southwest Business Unit Supports Local Food Banks After Hurricane Harvey

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Each year, the Southwest Business Unit dedicates two days to a worthy charity within its community, and this year was especially important to them. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the state of Texas earlier this month, our staff members volunteered their time helping families in need at local food banks.

On Sept. 13, staff members from the Dallas office spent time preparing 8,725 healthy meals for families at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas. On Sept. 14, staff members from the Houston office helped produce and distribute 19,890 nutritious meals for senior citizens at the Houston Food Bank, the largest food bank in the nation. We’re deeply saddened about the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas but we’re honored to have been able to lend a hand in helping the local families heal giving them a warm meal.

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September 20, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Robb Home

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Michelle Robb is no ordinary homeowner – perhaps you even recognize her name. As our very own Director of Residential Marketing, Robb knows HVAC inside and out. So you can understand what a vote of confidence it is that, when faced with replacing her home’s old HVAC system, she chose none other than our Diamond Comfort System™.

The selected Diamond Comfort System, comprised of MXZ outdoor units and a combination of MVZ and SEZ indoor units, offered Robb true zoning. She said, “There are two of us in the home: my 84-year-old mom and me. I’m not home much, so we were conditioning an entire home when only one person was there during the day.”

Zoned technology also offered Robb something she wasn’t seeing much with other manufacturers: the option for ducted units with an INVERTER-driven compressor. She said, “A multi-position unit would work when nothing else would. Most of the time, we live in the den/kitchen area. There wasn’t a wall location that lent itself to a wall-mounted unit. And I’d done major renovations to the ceiling, so no space could accommodate a lay-in. Multi-position was it!”

Since installation, Robb has been controlling her units through our kumo cloud™ programmable controller app. “I didn’t want anything on the walls – aesthetically – so Mitsubishi Electric’s kumo cloud app was great. But my mom needed to control her area not through an app. Obviously, I want my mom to be comfortable, which meant her own set of controls. So she now has her own zone with her own wall-mounted controller.”

Between the zoning and controls options, Robb and her mother are enjoying true personalized comfort. To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

September 13, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Industry News

Designing For The Students of Today

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According to School Planning & Management magazine, there’s a direct connection between students’ physical environment and their academic achievement. An environment that encourages collaborative and individual learning has become the standard for today’s schools. As educators are working to encourage these types of learning within the classroom, so can architects with facility design and selection of mechanical systems.

Architects are challenged to design environments that include a combination of flexible spaces, such as open and private classrooms, as well as individual and collaborative study rooms. Architects often include design elements that evoke a feeling of openness for students, such as glass or natural lighting. These design elements, among others, allow students to see and interact with their surroundings, creating visual and social connectivity.

Architects also can consider highly efficient mechanical systems for the facility. Over the course of a school day, occupancy levels within a space vary, and such extremes can make it difficult to keep a space comfortable for students. Therefore, an HVAC system that meets a student’s comfort needs can enhance the educational experience. HVAC systems, such as Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, maximize square footage while offering the individual control, zoning capabilities and quiet operation necessary for an educational facility.

With flexible spaces and efficient mechanical equipment, architects are able to design the ideal educational environment for today’s students. At Mitsubishi Electric, we support architects’ plans for these applications. Learn more about applying smart technologies in our most recent White Paper, “Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities.”

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September 6, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Olsen Residence

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Gregg Olsen is a partner with Larry March in Eagle Services, Gilbert, Arizona – a business that offers plumbing, electrical and air conditioning. That experience meant that when it came time to design his new, 3,450-square-foot house, Olsen designed not just the overall layout, but also the actual systems behind its walls. When it came to HVAC, he had three needs: indoor air quality, dollar value and zones. Olsen felt that our Zoned Comfort Solutions met all his needs. It’s a product he knew well after installing it for so many of his own customers.

“I’ve always liked the idea of Mitsubishi [Electric] ductless. These systems give you the ability to cool individual zones,” said Olsen. For the 10 zones in his personal home, some areas can be turned off while others are providing cooling or heating. Everyone can be comfortable, and the Olsens’ only pay to condition the rooms that are occupied. “That is just a much more appealing system than a conventional system. You’re not throwing air where it doesn’t need to go. It’s a no-brainer.”

Olsen trusted our zoned technology, specifically, after years of personal experience from the HVAC contractor side. “When you look at other brands, their infrastructure is not as defined. My company’s history with Mitsubishi [Electric] dates back seven and a half years; we’ve seen that the infrastructure is all there. Parts are readily available, making it easier to begin and complete a project, and to quickly handle any repairs that occur down the line.”

Now, Olsen is his own happy customer. “The system works great. It’s extremely energy-efficient, and that ability to cool rooms when you’re in them has been absolutely perfect. The system maintains the temperature while operating so quietly you hardly know it’s on.”

To read more about the project and how the Olsens’ bills are almost 30 percent less than their neighbors’, check out the case study here.

September 4, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Holiday

Happy Labor Day!

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August 30, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Latest News from Mitsubishi Electric

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Be Sure to Sign Up for the September Webinars!

Registration for our free, hour-long webinars is open! Topics will include: water-source Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), building controls, wellness in educational facilities and ventilation.

  • On, Sept. 62:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDTThe NEWS will host our own Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate and director, commercial marketing, and Charlie Landherr, sales manager, commercial, to discuss water-source VRF technology. Attendees will receive an overview of water source VRF and the development of technological advances of VRF within the industry.

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  • On, Sept. 142:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDTFacility Executive will host a webinar with Kevin Miskewicz and our own Ed Blair, solutions training manager, to discuss building controls. Attendees will learn the evolution of building controls systems and how today’s innovations offer another level of building management.

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  • On, Sept. 18, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT, The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) will host a webinar with Kevin Miskewicz and a representative of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. to discuss how recent developments in tunable LEDs and Dedicated Outside Air Systems can improve health and wellness in educational facilities.

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  • On, Sept. 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT, Kevin Miskewicz and our own Joe Cefaly, manager, OEM applications, will discuss ventilation with Business Energy. Attendees will learn about current trends and the future of ventilation.

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